Kim Thorsgaard Jensen

As a consequence of a sponsorship agreement, the name of the tournament Lucky Larsen Masters is changed to Storm Lucky Larsen Masters.

The tournament will, as previously scheduled, be conducted on 13-27 August 2017 in Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmoe, Sweden.

Click here to see the EBT 2017 Calendar.

Paul Moor from England won the EBT Masters for the third time in his career, when he succeeded at the EBT Masters 2017 in Aalborg. The first two EBT Masters titles for Moor came in 2009 in Aalborg and again in 2015 in Madrid.

Joline Persson-Planefors from Sweden took her first EBT Masters title in the Women’s Division.

The EBT Masters 2017 is the 10th final of a European Bowling Tour. The competition was held in Lovvang Bowling Centre in Aalborg, Denmark on 29 May.

The format of the event included 12 qualification games, divided over 2 blocks of 6 games, followed by a 3 person’s stepladder final in each division.

The outcome of the matches became as follows:

Women Match 1
213: Bernice Lim, Singapore
247: Joline-Persson Planefors, Sweden

Women Match 2
185: Jenny Wegner, Sweden
188: Joline-Persson Planefors, Sweden

Men Match 1
167: Daniel Fransson, Sweden
198: Paul Moor, England

Men Match 2
204: Osku Palermaa, Finland
213: Paul Moor, England

Final standing women
1.
Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden
2.
Jenny Wegner, Sweden
3.
Bernice Lim, Singapore
4.
Ida Andersson, Sweden
5.
Birgit Pöppler, Germany
6.
Laura Beuthner, Germany
7.
Britt Bröndsted, Denmark
8.
Maxime de Rooij, Netherlands
9.
Jasmine Yeong Nathan, Singapore
10.
Martina Schütz, Germany
11.
Mika Guldbäk, Denmark
12.
Vanessa Timter, Germany

Final standing men
1. Paul Moor, England
2.
Osku Palermaa, Finland
3.
Daniel Fransson, Sweden
4.
Parker Bohn III, USA
5.
Christopher Sloan, Ireland
6.
Markus Jansson, Sweden
7.
Martin Larsen, Sweden
8.
Thomas Larsen, Denmark
9.
Pontus Andersson, Sweden
10.
Richard Teece, England
11.
Jesper Svensson, Sweden
12.
Mik Stampe, Denmark

Click here to see a completed list of results for the EBT Masters 2017

Mattias Wetterberg from Sweden took his first tour stop title, when he defeated 7 great top players in the final of Kegel Aalborg International 2017.

In the 3rd step of the final in Aalborg, 18 players were playing 6 games starting from scratch, while 8 players continued to step 4, playing another 4 games to determine the final standing over a total of 10 games.

The final standing became as follows:
1.
Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden: 2268 (1358+910)
2.
Richard Teece, England: 2175 (1286+889)
3.
Carsten W. Hansen, Denmark: 2136 (1281+855)
4.
Lars Höberg, Denmark: 2129 (1290+839)
5.
Thomas Larsen, Denmark: 2118 (1257+861)
6.
Jesper Svensson, Sweden: 2116 (1383+733)
7.
Timo Schröder, Germany: 2080 (1313+767)
8.
Michael Brändeskov, Denmark: 2077 (1257+820)

Top 3 of the women’s tour division is an all Singaporean affair, where Daphne Tan is leading with 450 points, followed by Cherie Tan with 300 points and Jazreel Tan with 300 points. Jenny Wegner is 4th with 285 points.

In the Men’s Division of the tour, Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark is leading with 440 points in front of Martin Larsen from Sweden with 339 points and Dominic Barrett from England with 250 points.

Jenny Wegner became the highest ranked women for the 6th time in her career, while Mattias Wetterberg became the highest ranked man for the 1st time in his career.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

The program of the European Bowling Tour 2018 has been decided by the ETBF Presidium.

The EBT 2018, which is the 19th consecutive tour since the tour was organized for the first time in 2000, consists of 13 tournaments, conducted in 10 different member federations.

The 13 tournaments adopted in the tour are divided in 5 different categories as follows: 2 EBT Platinum, 2 EBT Gold, 3 EBT Silver, 3 EBT Bronze and 3 EBT Satellite tournaments.

The total prize fund in the EBT 2018 is 659.000 €; giving an average prize fund of 51.000 € per stop, which is the same average we have in 2017.

We are very pleased to be able to welcome the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018 from Tilburg back in the tour after only one year’s absence. The tournament, which is organized by Luc Jansen, will be played in a completely re-build Dolfijn Bowling, which actually is under construction, but which will be ready in due time with 24 brand new lanes.

We are also welcoming one of the real classic tournaments in Europe, namely the 38th AIK International Tournament 2018 from Stockholm, which will appear in the tour program for the very first time. The tournament, which is organized by AIK Bowling and managed by Ian Robinson, will be played over 28 of Bowl-O-Rama’s 29 lanes.

Finally we are welcoming a new tournament in Italy, the Rome Open, which will be organized by the Italian Bowling Federation and managed by Riccardo Scquizzato. The tournament will be conducted in the 24 lane centre “Bowling Brunswick”, which previously has housed the tour stop Roma International in 2010 and 2011.

The organizer of the Dutch Scheveningen Open, which was included for the first time in the EBT 2017, has decided not to include the tournament in the 2018 program.

The highest ranked woman and the highest ranked man by the conclusion of the EBT 2018 will be awarded 1.000 € each.

The 8 highest ranked women and the 8 highest ranked men after the 13 stops are qualified for the 12th EBT Masters in 2019. The host centre of the EBT Masters 2019 will be published later.

Click here to see the EBT 2018 Calendar.

The Secretariat of World Bowling have announced, that the World Championships for both genders, which originally was supposed to be conducted in Kuwait City on 4-18 December 2017, will be moved to Las Vegas (NV), USA.

The location changes due to unforeseen delays with the construction of Kuwait Bowling Centre.

The World Championships will be held on 24 November to 4 December 2017 in the bowling centre of South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, which also will host the World Women Championships and the World Senior Championships in 2019.

The Executive Board of World Bowling has instead decided to award the hosting rights of the World Championships 2021 to Kuwait.

The ETBF Presidium has decided to appoint Chris Hillman from England as a new Technical Delegate in ETBF.

Chris Hillman, who is 54 years old, has been a member of the British Tenpin Bowling Association since 1983. Chris has worked for the BTBA for 34 years since 1983, and has held many roles within the BTBA including League Secretary, Area Secretary and a Lane Certification Inspector since 1986.

Chris Hillman was the Technical Delegate for the First Mediterranean Challenge Cup held in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1998. He was also the Technical Director for the BTBA from 2010 till 2016 and Chairman of BTBA’s Technical Committee.

Chris has been a bowler since 1983 and has represented the RAF in bowling.

Chris has served in the Royal Air Force from 1979 until 2009 as an Engineer, travelling all over the world. He left the regular Air Force in 2009 and then continued to work for the RAF, taking on a full-time reservist role, working with the Combined Cadets Forces in Schools within the UK.

Chris Hillman currently lives in Rowstock in Oxfordshire and has two grown up children and one gran daughter.

The ETBF Presidium warmly welcomes Chris Hillman in our family of board and committee members in ETBF; we are looking forward to the cooperation in the coming years.

Chris Hillman will have his first duty as Technical Delegate during the European Youth Championships 2018 in Aalborg, Denmark.

As a consequence of a construction change in Odense Bowling Centre the up-coming summer, after which the number of lanes in the centre will be reduced from 24 to 20, the ETBF Presidium has decided to move the European Women Championships 2018 from Odense in Denmark to Brussels in Belgium.

The championships, which will be hosted by the Belgian Tenpin Bowling Federation, will be held on its original scheduled period 6-17 June in Bowling Stones Wemmel (36 lanes), which also housed the European Men Championships in 2016.

The ETBF Presidium wants to express appreciation to the Belgian Tenpin Bowling Federation for their willingness to step in with a short notice.

The ETBF Presidium has decided that the European Champions Cup 2019 will be hosted in Ankara, Turkey.

The championships will be hosted by the Rollhouse Bowling Centre and the Turkish Bocce, Bowling and Darts Federation on 21-27 October 2019 in Rollhouse Bowling Centre.

The 30th European Youth Championships was conducted in the famous Tali Bowling Centre in Finland’s capital Helsinki in the first part of April 2017.

The championships were conducted for the third time in Tali Bowling Centre, which previously have housed the EYC also in 1994 and in 2008.

52 girls and 94 boys took part in the championships in Helsinki, representing 28 different member federations in Europe.

The 10 titles of the championships were widely spread among not less than 8 different member federations.

The titles in the Girls Division were distributed as follows:
Denmark won the Singles event by Megan G. Dicay
Belgium won the Doubles Event by Jolien Thys and Shinya Haest
England won the Team Event by Lorna Scott, Isabel Allen, Natasja Ailes and Mia Bewley
Russia won the All Event by Maria Koshel
Netherlands won the Masters Event by Denise Blankenzee

The conclusion of the Girls Team event became spectacular, since the team from England tied with the team from Finland in the final match 750-750. Hereafter all 4 athletes in each team had to shoot one time to break the tie, which ended in another tie of 38-38 (10+10+10+8 for England and 9+10+9+10 for Finland), after which England finally could be declared the winner after a second tie round 38-34 (10+8+10+10 to England and 7+10+9+8 to Finland).

The titles in the Boys Division were distributed as follows:
Sweden won the Singles Event by Emanuel Jonsson
Ukraine won the Doubles event by Oleksandr Nechypaiev and Mykola Sielin
Sweden won the Team Event by Robin Skans, Emanuel Jonsson, William Svensson and Filip Thelander
Finland won the All Event by Niko Oksanen
Sweden won the Masters Event by William Svensson

The matches of the Masters event was, in all 5 steps, played as best of three games matches.

The outcome of the last three matches in the Girls Division became as follows:

Girls Masters, Semi Final 1
Megan G. Dicay, Denmark vs. Maria Koshel, Russia
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 200-228-204 vs. 214-215-184

Girls Masters, Semi Final 2
Denise Blankenzee, The Netherlands vs. Mathilda Tidbeck, Sweden
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 177-220-223 vs. 200-209-215

Girls Masters, Final
Denise Blankenzee, Netherlands vs. Megan G. Dicay, Denmark

Match: 2-1 / Scores: 164-246-214 vs. 166-203-205

Boys Masters, Semi Final 1
Oleksandr Nechypaiev, Ukraine vs. Joppe Belmans, Belgium
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 237-181-233 vs. 222-197-180

Boys Masters, Semi Final 2*
William Svensson, Sweden vs. Ziga Zalar, Slovenia
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 188-143-252 vs. 185-213-189

Boys Masters, Final
William Svensson, Sweden vs. Oleksandr Nechypaiev, Ukraine

Match: 2-1 / Scores: 203-273-258 vs. 222-189-193

Sweden became the best federation with 3 Gold medals and 3 bronze medals, while Finland became the second best federation with 1 Gold medal, 5 Silver medals and 2 bronze medals.

Click here to see the list of medallists in the EYC 2017

Click here to see a completed list of results for the EYC 2017

The 20th edition of the Mediterranean Bowling Championships was conducted in the Slovenian Capital Ljubljana on 26 March – 2 April 2017 in Klub 300 Bowling Centre.

These very nice regional championships, which are conducted annually, had attracted athletes from 13 member federations, all with a coast line of the Mediterranean See.

A very young and talented French team performed outstanding in Ljubljana, and already before the two concluding Masters Finals the French team had captured 5 out of 8 titles.

In the Women’s Division Alexandra Lopes won the All Event title, in the Men’s Division Valentin Saulnier won both the Singles title and the All Event title; and also both mixed titles went to France, first by Alexandra Lopes and Valentin Saulnier in Mixed Doubles and later by Amelie Keloganian, Alexandra Lopes, Gaetan Mouveroux and Valentin Saulnier in Mixed Team.

Malta won the Women’s Singles title by Sue Abela and the Women’s Double by Sue Abela and Sara Xuereb, while the host nation Slovenia won the Men’s Doubles by Anže Grabrijan and Aleksander Koštric.

The following six matches, all bowled over two games total pin fall to count, concluded the championships in Ljubljana.

Women’s Masters, Semi Final 1:
3
62 (177+185): Giola Pastou, Cyprus:
4
05 (224+182): Sue Abela, Malta

Women’s Masters, Semi Final 2:
425 (204+221): Alexandra Lopes, France
338 (156+182): Victoria Krivolutskaya, Slovenia

Women’s Masters, Final:
375 (181+194): Sue Abela, Malta
421 (212+209): Alexandra Lopes, France

Men’s Masters, Semi Final 1:
366 (200+146): Valentin Saulnier, France
379 (191+188): Marco Reviglio, Italy

Men’s Masters, Semi Final 2:
403 (235+168): Anže Grabrijan, Slovenia
342 (175+167): Mark Spiteri, Malta

Men’s Masters, Final:
441 (205+236): Marco Reviglio, Italy
481 (244+237): Anže Grabrijan, Slovenia

France became the best federation with 6 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze, Slovenia became the second best nation with 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze, and Malta became the third best nation with 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze.

The Slovenian host federation, chaired by its President Borut Knavs, the local Organizing Committee, chaired by the Musar family supported by several local officials, and the MBC Committee with Marios Nicolaides (Chair), Alex Tzounis and Rick Vogelsang, did a tremendous job, providing all with a smoothly running event, which were conducted in a very hospitable and friendly atmosphere.

Click here to see the list of medallists in the MBC 2017

Click here to see a completed list of results for the MBC 2017